Looking Into Alcohol Detox After Getting Your First DUI

Alcoholism is a condition that can sneak up on you if you aren’t careful. It often progresses from social drinking to drinking to numb pain. In time, you become addicted to alcohol. You get drunk and then you say and do things that harm other people.

If you just received your first DUI, you are aware of the fact that your drinking habit can pose a threat to the general public. The question for you now is: will you continue down the path to alcoholism or will you get on the path to recovery and relief?

You Know You’re Becoming an Alcoholic if…

As a disease that can easily sneak up on you, alcoholism isn’t just something that happens to others. You’ve got your first DUI now. Do you know whether or not you are still in control of your drinking?

To answer that question, you need to take hard look at the following list and make an honest self-assessment.

• It takes more alcohol to get a buzz than it used to take, making you drink too much
• You experience problems at work that you did not have before you started to drink
• You do and say things that you don’t remember – things that cause family and friends to tell you that they don’t feel safe around you anymore
• You feel sick, shaky, sweaty, itchy, anxious, and/or irritable whenever you try to stop drinking and you find it hard to not drink when you are in social situations

How did you do? You’re already on the alcoholic path if you can relate to just one of them. If you have more of those problems, you are definitely an alcoholic.

Depressant Detoxification

Alcohol is just one of several substances that fall into the depressant category, with the others being marijuana, Lorazepam, Ketamine, GHB, and Xanax.

Key take-aways about the depressant category:

• You can overdose on any one of them
• Combining a depressant with another drug makes the other drug exponentially more effective, which may kill you through overdose
• Depressants, though dangerous, are highly available

What exactly does “depressant” mean? It means that the substance affects the central nervous system, making you drowsy and causing you to lack your motor skills and general coordination. You can also have respiration problems too. A depression of your central nervous system can make you a danger to both yourself and to others.

You can overdose on just a depressant without combining it with another drug. For instance, too much depression of your respiratory system through getting really drunk can cause you to stop breathing.

These slowdowns to your system are bad enough, but the real danger actually comes if you combine one of the depressants with other drugs in an attempt to increase the effect of the other drug. The effect of combining drugs is harder to judge than when not combining. The other drug becomes exponentially more effective, as desired, but it can easily also result in an accidental overdose.

Opiates, in particular, may tempt a person to try to increase their effectiveness because of their ability to relieve pain. Like alcohol, opiates are addictive and lose their effectiveness over time. Combining the two may sound like the solution to a pain problem, but combining the two drugs may offer the undesired, permanent pain solution of death.

It is very important, therefore, to not combine drugs or overdose on depressants.

The Advantages of Using a Detox Center

A detox center can offer you:

• Medically safe detoxification
• Minimal withdrawal symptom discomfort
• Education about depressants
• Support

If you have tried (and failed) to stop drinking, you already realize that you have a drinking problem that needs your attention. However, you will likely continue to fail if you don’t get professional assistance because alcohol is addictive and the withdrawal symptoms are too much for most people to endure.

Even if you do manage to abruptly stop drinking after a prolonged period of heavy drinking, you could give yourself some additional health complications or even inadvertently kill yourself.

Other alcoholics remain in total denial of the fact that they have a drinking problem. They lie to themselves and to others about being an alcoholic. Denial just prolongs an alcoholic’s suffering and intensifies the problems associated with alcoholism.

Whichever category you fall into, you need to look into getting into a detox program. Detox centers offer holistic therapies and treatments, medical care, and supervision in addition to counseling and medically-assisted detoxification. Millions of people have dried out at one of these facilities, so why not you?

On day one at a detox facility, you will be given a tour, you will meet the staff, and you will be given an overview of how the detox process works. A professional will ask you questions about your health so that your treatment can be tailored to safely rid your body of toxins. You can ask your questions too.

A counselor will be assigned to you. Your counselor will create your individual treatment plan according to the answers you gave to the medical person about your health. Your counselor will be your go-to person. After you and your counselor have finished talking for the day, you will be taken to your accommodations.

As you can rightly expect, you will likely start to experience some withdrawal symptoms during your treatment. Depending on your detoxification treatment plan, you may be given medication that will make you comfortable. Feelings of anxiety will also be normal as you detox, but your counselor will listen to your concerns and support you.

Take Action About Your Alcoholism

Hopefully, you now see your situation as it really is and you realize that you need to detoxify your body with help from detox professionals. Checking into a detox center is absolutely the smart and comfortable way to get yourself back on track! When you are ready to take action, call 877-978-3125. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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